Being vegan can have its complications when it comes to finding hearty and delicious recipes for every meal (and snack) throughout the day. Let’s be honest, kale and tofu have only so many combinations.
The good news is that there are so many other fruits, veggies, and legumes to experiment with to find the most delectable meals for any time of day. Have you thought about trying out vegan mushroom recipes?
Mushrooms are an underrated vegetable that has so much potential. Mushroom gravy, mushroom stir fry, and grilled portobello mushrooms are all savory options to try with this ironically meaty vegetable.
Keep reading for more plant-based mushroom recipes to bring variety and satisfaction to your vegan lifestyle!
New to Veganism?
If you’re new to the vegan and plant-based eating models, here’s a quick crash course.
Being vegan means you don’t consume any animal products. This means not eating cheese, milk, meat, fish, eggs, or other food items with animal by-products.
Some people have extended this to their material consumptions by not buying products with wool, snakeskin, or other animal products.
As more vegan products get created in countries in the Western hemisphere like the US, it has become increasingly easier to replace animal products and by-products with plant-based alternatives.
There are vegan cheeses, burgers, and yogurts readily available for purchase and consumption. But veganism also doesn’t have to include these fancy, and sometimes expensive, alternatives.
Eating vegan can be simple, filling, and affordable. Focusing on filling your plate with vitamin and nutrient-rich vegetables is a helpful step. There are plenty of starches, like rice, that can be bought in bulk and will last for months.
It may take a little creativity and planning, but plant-based eating doesn’t have to be torture or like a traditional “diet.” Instead, it can be fun, delicious, and easy.
Which Kinds of Mushrooms Should I Look For?
Not all mushrooms are edible. In fact, there are some mushroom species that are poisonous and should never be consumed.
Growing your own mushrooms or buying from local vendors are great sustainable options for finding mushrooms. Still, it’s best to know which mushrooms are safe to eat.
The kinds of mushrooms that most commonly show up in cooking are cremini, portobello, button, and oyster mushrooms. All of these mushroom options offer a variety of flavors and uses in mushroom dishes.
While the flavor may differ slightly, mushrooms have a similar texture to beef that makes them a great meat replacement in many different recipes. With so many different kinds of mushrooms to cook with, the possibilities are endless.
Nutritional Benefits of Mushrooms
You remember hearing your mom preach about the various nutritional benefits of vegetables at the dinner table, right? Well, as with most things, she was right.
Carrots contain a lot of calcium, spinach is a good source of iron, and broccoli has a lot of Vitamin C. Mushrooms are no exception (and are also a good source of iron).
Certain mushrooms also have a reputation for being possible immune system boosters. As the fall and winter seasons threaten with the cold and flu, it’s the perfect time to try out a new vegan mushroom recipe.
Vegan Mushroom Recipes for Everyday
While you may not have liked mushrooms as a kid, or you may be at a loss for when to use mushrooms in cooking, they can seamlessly fit into almost any dish.
Here are a handful of dishes and places where mushrooms could be the underrated star of the meal.
Backyard Barbecue-Worthy Mushrooms
For all your vegan barbecue needs, mushrooms are there to save the day. While traditional BBQs are neck-deep in ribs and hot dogs, a vegan BBQ can still break out the grill with these options.
Portobello mushrooms are a thicker and meatier mushroom that works great as a burger or other beef replacement. Grill up some stuffed portobello mushrooms or portobello mushroom steaks for a fantastic and filling main course.
If you’re missing the typical cheeseburger at your barbecue, elevate the standard burger experience with black bean and mushroom burgers, complete with mouthwatering toppings and sauces.
Mushroom Recipes for Chilly Days
Beef stew and creamy soups don’t have to be the only cozy comfort foods for cold winter days. There are plenty of vegan replacements and options that will warm your body and your soul all the same!
In addition to vegan mushroom stews, you can also prepare a crockpot of mushroom risotto. It can steam and simmer all by itself, making this meal minimal work for you.
There are also amazing mushroom masala recipes out there for your taste buds to salivate over.
Sandwiches, Sides, and Smoothies
Other mushroom-based vegan recipes to fill your hungry stomach include mushroom lasagnas, mushroom taco meat mixes, and even mushroom bruschetta and ceviches.
Whether you’re on the lookout for a great side, sandwich, or meal centerpiece for your vegan meal, mushrooms should make an appearance.
There are also great mushroom pasta options that can provide that creamy or gravy consistency. Just like mac n cheese or mashed potatoes, it makes for stellar comfort food for cold nights.
You can also add a mushroom powder to smoothies, yogurts, and teas to reap the potential nutrition benefits in whatever medium you’d like.
Get Cooking with Mushrooms
You have a plethora of ideas to kickstart your mushroom love affair, now it’s time to get cooking! Find the recipe that attracts you the most, and test it out. You can tweak and experiment with spices and flavors until you make the best mushroom dish.
Vegan mushroom recipes are only the beginning of your plant-based eating journey. Learn how to become more sustainable and grow your own mushrooms right here.